Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Planning and Planting a Perennial Garden- Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m. - noon. Come learn the basics of perennial garden design and how to install and maintain your garden in a way that is lowmaintenance and environmentally friendly. Cynthia Dawes, a certified landscape designer and perennials specialist, will show you how to get the best from your gardens. Come prepared with questions and note-taking materials. $20/$15 members, reservation required, meet at the Visitors Center.
Bird Walks- Saturdays, May 3, 10, 17, 8 - 10 a.m. Join OSU Extension Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists as they help you search for and identify common and spring migratory birds by sight and sound in varied habitats. All programs begin with a short presentation on birding "etiquette" and invaluable information regarding field marks and more to get the most out of your bird walk experience! $5/members free, reservation required, meet at the Visitors Center Deck
Wildflower Walks- Sundays, May 4, 11, 18, 2 - 4 p.m. Join OSU Extension Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists as they take you through the woodlands to explore for spring wildflowers.This time of year expect to findDutchman's breeches, Jack-In-The-Pulpit, trilliums, violets and more in the deep woods before the tree leaves emerge. $5/members free, reservation required, meet at the Visitors Center Deck
The grounds are open from dawn to dusk. The Visitors Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays and holidays. Call 740-323-2355 or 800-44-DAWES for information or visit www. dawesarb.org.
Licking Park District - Licking County. For more information, call (740) 587-2535.
• May 8- History Kids Club II: Birds in Folklore and Native American Life- Join Ohio Nature Education as they test your knowledge of birds and the roll they've played in different societies. We'll also discuss how Native Americans used bird feathers in every day life. Program includes study skins and live birds, including one of the world's most intelligent birds! William C. Kraner Nature Center. 7 p.m.
• May 10- Outdoor Adventures Series: Flyfishing101- Join the Land of Legend Flyfishersas they teach the basics of flyfishing. Participants will have an opportunity to try out their new found skills while competing in an afternoon fishing tournament. $20.00 fee for adults and $15.00 fee for youth, ages 10-15 years. Fee includes lunch. Registration is required by May 3. Call 587-2535 to register. Infirmary Mound Park, James Bradley Center. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Newark Earthworks Day - Newark. Newark Earthworks Day, May 3, brings artists and dancers, Aztecs and Indians, scholars and school children from England and Mexico and across America. A full day of exhibits and presenters at the OSU-Newark will culminate that evening in the re-opening of the museum at the Great Circle Earthworks, 455 Hebron Road (Ohio 79), Heath. Contact: Greater Licking County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Phone: (800) 589-8224.
Octagon Open House - Newark. Programming on May 4 from noon to 4 p.m. Guided tours of the Octagon Earthworks will be offered at noon and 3:15 p.m. Carol Welsh will display and discuss corn husk dolls as a Native American art form at 1:15 p.m. At 2 p.m., Mark Welsh will offer Native American storytelling. Flint knapping, plant and garden information will be on display. Octagon Earthworks, is on the grounds of Moundbuilders Country Club, 125 N. 33rd St., Newark. Contact: Jim Kingery, Phone: (800) 600-7178, Web: www.ohiohistory.org/places/ newarkearthworks/greatCircle. cfm
Fish Fry and Auction - Hebron. Lakewood Athletic Boosters 6th Annual Fish Fry and Auction is set for Saturday, May 3 at Lakewood Middle School. Enjoy all you can eat fish, fries, coleslaw, hotdogs, chips and soft drinks. Doors open at 5 p.m. with the auction beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets at the door: $7 per person or $20 per family. Proceeds benefit Lakewood student athletes.
The Wilds - Cumberland. The Wilds opens for the season May 3, and will be open for Safari Transport tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in May, September, and October, and seven days a week in June, July and August. Sunset Safaris, summer conservation camps for youth, and weekend family camps are also available this season. For more information, visit www.thewilds. org, or call 740-638-5030.
Jesse Ponce - Newark. The Ohio State University at Newark will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a live performance from Jesse Ponce and his five-piece band at 7 p.m. on May 5 in The John Gilbert Reese Center. Mexican food will be served. The entire event is free and open to the public. Jesse Ponce and his band will play conjunto" (also called "norteño") an accordion-based music from northern Mexico and Texas. Ponce is originally from San Antonio, Texas, but has been a resident of Toledo, Ohio, since 1979.